As the region’s first longer-term, supportive housing project, Morrow Manor introduces a new and important category of housing for domestic violence survivors in Kitsap County. Championed by the Rotary Club of Poulsbo in partnership with the YWCA of Kitsap County, Morrow Manor will be a community of eight units of family housing with an adjacent public park to be constructed and located in a peaceful Poulsbo residential community. At Morrow Manor, domestic violence survivors in Kitsap County can find stability, affordable housing, and the on-going support resources necessary to rebuild their lives.
An estimated capital budget for site development and construction of the eight housing units is $2.1M. The land and initial engineering work has been donated. Private funds and monies raised by the Poulsbo Rotary Domestic Violence Committee were also donated to cover preliminary Capital Campaign case study research, a Campaign Study and Recommendation from the Alford Group, and starting stage permitting costs, surveys, grant writers, marketing, consulting, and other costs.
The Poulsbo Rotary Club and the YWCA of Kitsap County have nearly a 20-year history of working together to find solutions to domestic violence in the region. The Poulsbo-NK Rotary Foundation (a long-standing non-profit foundation of the Poulsbo Rotary Club) is managing the Capital Campaign fundraising.
The Poulsbo-NK Rotary Club Foundation will own the property while the dwellings are being constructed, and a Limited Liability Corporation, Morrow Manor, LLC, has been established by the Poulsbo-NK Foundation. Upon construction completion, the Morrow Manor buildings and property will be deeded debt-free to the YWCA of Kitsap County. The YWCA of Kitsap County will continue to manage the property and provide support services to residents.
The City of Poulsbo has agreed to develop, manage and maintain the adjacent public park, in perpetuity.
Every 90 minutes, Kitsap County “911” receives a domestic violence call. In 2014, the YWCA of Kitsap County answered 4,711 hotline calls, yet turned away 1,544 women and children due to lack of shelter and housing. As the region’s only state-approved provider of domestic violence services, the YWCA of Kitsap County has many programs, but a very limited number of housing options within their portfolio. These include the YWCA of Kitsap County’s 17-bed ALIVE Emergency Shelter, combined with just four other family units – two at Eli’s Place in Poulsbo, and two at Tersha’s House in Silverdale. While in 2014 these three facilities assisted a total of 40 women and 34 children with average stays from 65 days in the ALIVE Shelter, to up to two years in Tersha’s House and Eli’s Place, these facilities do not meet a proven need for the longer-term supportive and affordable housing that is so critically required to help survivors achieve stability and renewed lives.
By adding eight family units of longer-term, supportive housing, Morrow Manor will triple the number of family housing units within the YWCA of Kitsap County’s housing portfolio, while creating even stronger pathways to success and brighter futures.
Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in Kitsap County. Sadly, choosing to leave an abuser often means choosing homelessness. Regardless of a family’s income, 98% of domestic violence cases also include financial abuse, which can make re-starting a life and accessing affordable housing extremely difficult. The purpose of Morrow Manor is to provide safe, supportive, longer-term affordable housing to help empower domestic violence victims to become proud, self-sufficient survivors by offering them a place to call home.
Unlike emergency shelter such at the YWCA of Kitsap County’s 17-bed ALIVE Shelter (with an average stay of 65 days), or short-term transitional housing like the YWCA of Kitsap County’s two-unit Eli’s Place in Poulsbo or two-unit Tersha’s House in Silverdale (with average stays of up to two years), Morrow Manor allows residents to stay for up to six years, on a sliding scale of affordable rents which help cover the operating costs of the property. Families continue to receive essential domestic violence survivor support services from the YWCA of Kitsap County so they can access education, explore career options, receive on-going advocacy support, and work with renewed confidence toward self-sufficiency and independence.
A 2.4 acre parcel of land in a quiet residential community of Poulsbo was donated by a Poulsbo Rotarian. 1.4 acres of this property will become a public park. There will be four buildings that will each have two independent family units for a total of 8 family dwellings. Each building will vary in features and style to accommodate different size families that might be placed there by the YWCA of Kitsap County. Each living unit will have its own garage and access. The site is convenient to shopping, public transportation, schools, and other essential services.
The site preparation and construction of the dwellings will be managed by the Morrow Manor, LLC. Upon completion, the dwellings will be deeded debt-free to the YWCA of Kitsap County and owned, managed, and maintained by the YWCA of Kitsap County. The City of Poulsbo will manage the development of the public park area and maintain it in perpetuity.
After over 18 months of planning and research including a professionally prepared research study, the Poulsbo Rotary Club membership voted overwhelmingly in September, 2014 to move forward to create Morrow Manor. As well as directing the Capital Campaign, the Poulsbo NK Rotary Rotary Foundation has committed to provide a total of $120,000 ($40,000 on hand, plus $8000/year for 10 years) as an “assist fund” to help the YWCA of Kitsap County manage the properties and provide support services to residents for the first ten years. The City of Poulsbo will maintain the public park area, though the Rotary Club may contribute to its development if Rotarians vote to contribute through normal budgeting and award processes, as well as designate volunteer time if the membership so desires.
As is the case with Eli’s House (A Poulsbo Rotary/YWCA of Kitsap County partner project established in 2003) the Poulsbo Rotary Club will continue working with and supporting the YWCA of Kitsap County in their domestic violence abuse program through committee work, work parties, volunteer efforts, and periodic funding through normal budgeting and award processes.
Through its own fundraising and regional alliances, the YWCA of Kitsap County will continue to raise resources to support the on-going sustainability of Morrow Manor and its essential resident support and service programs.
For nearly a year, fundraising has been underway in the Phase I “silent phase” of the campaign called The Campaign to Build Brighter Tomorrows. This effort has been spearheaded by the Morrow Manor Executive Leadership Committee (MMELC) under the advisement of experienced consultants. The campaign has also been supported by the Poulsbo Rotary Club Domestic Violence Committee.
To date, $1 million has been raised and pledged from private donors and granting organizations. A contract Campaign Director who will report to the MMELC has been hired to help execute and manage specific Phase II aspects of the campaign, which will unfold in 2016.
It is anticipated that construction will begin in summer, 2016, and will take 18 months to complete. Construction will not initiate until all projected resources are secured.
Contact the Morrow Manor Executive Leadership Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org and watch our website for future updates as the campaign and project unfold.